As another one of Japan's cultural hot spots, Hiroshima is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to some of Japan's most iconic shrines. The city's history and status as a center of cultural exchange has attracted tourists from around the globe.
Literally translated to "Shrine Island," Miyajima is famous for Itsukushima,
one of Japan's most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As a dramatic red "torii" (shrine gate), Itsukushima welcomes visitors to Miyajima island.
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As a key figure in 20th century world political affairs, Japan maintains its culturally significant resources with pride and dedication. The western city of Hiroshima is a robust outlet for history buffs interested in the World War II period as buildings, museums and parks serve as excellent learning experiences.
The first stop on the history tour should undoubtedly be the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. With a series of high tech interactive exhibition spaces, the museum features a wealth of information on the subject of World War II, the science behind the harnessing of atomic energy, and measures to educate the world on Japan's role in current affairs. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku, or "Atomic Bomb" Dome) is one of Japan's treasured UNESCO World Heritage sites. As the only structure left standing after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6th 1945, efforts to preserve the structure in its historical state remain constant, especially in the interest of using the Memorial as a symbol of hope, world peace, and the ultimate elimination of the need to use nuclear weapons.
Visit Hiroshima not only for its rich history, but also for its renowned gastronomical pleasures. After sightseeing, stop by one of the numerous delectable restaurants that line the city of Hiroshima. Delicious oysters said to have been cultured in the 16th century are served as a decadent dish to locals and visitors alike. Also, don't forget to try Hiroshima style okonomi-yaki, a unique crepe-style flour cake fried with vegetables and noodles and vary in flavor and ingredients in every restaurant you visit.
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